Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: GA-017-001-3-1-United States-ICPSR-1953

Subject Area: Legal Systems

Bibliographic Citation: United States Supreme Court judicial database, 1953-1992 terms.  [machine-readable data file] / Spaeth, Harold J.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9422

Date Accessioned: 5/10/1994

Number of Files Received: 4

Comments: This data collection has been resupplied, superceding previous editions. Duplicate files received 7/22/94.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 5/10/1994

Documentation: Machine-readable only; also SAS and SPSS data definition statement files.

Abstract: This data collection encompasses all aspects of United States Supreme Court decision-making from the beginning of the Warren Court in 1953 up to the completion of the 1993 term of the Rehnquist Court on June 28, 1993, including any decisions made afterward but before the start of the 1994 term on October 4, 1993. In this collection, distinct aspects of the court's decisions are covered by six types of variables: (1) identification variables including case citation, docket number, unit of analysis, and number of records per unit of analysis, (2) background variables offering information on origin of case, source of case, reason for granting cert, parties to the case, direction of the lower court's decision, and manner in which the Court takes jurisdiction, (3) chronological variables covering date of term of court, chief justice, and natural court, (4) substantive variables including multiple legal provisions, authority for decision, issue, issue areas, and direction of decision, (5) outcome variables supplying information on form of decision, disposition of case, winning party, declaration of unconstitutionality, and multiple memorandum decisions, and (6) voting and opinion variables pertaining to the vote in the case and to the direction of the individual justices' votes.

SOURCE: United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers' Edition

UNIVERSE: United States Supreme Court decisions from the beginning of the Warren Court in 1953 through the completion of the most recent term of the Rehnquist Court.

NOTE: The data collection contains undocumented codes.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (text) + SAS data definition statements + SPSS data definition statements.

DATA TYPE: event/transaction data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL with SAS and SPSS data definition statements

TIME PERIOD: 1953-1993


FUNDING AGENCY: National Science Foundation.





Spaeth, Harold J. ''Consensus in the Unanimous Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.'' JUDICATURE 72 (1989), 274-281. Spaeth, Harold J., and Jeffrey A. Segal. ''Decisional Trends on the Warren and Burger Court: Results From the Supreme Court Data Base Project.'' JUDICATURE 72 (1989), 103-107. Spaeth, Harold J., Saul Brenner, and Timothy M. Hagle. ''The Defection of the Marginal Justice on the Warren Court.'' WESTERN POLITICAL QUARTERLY 42 (1989), 409-425.

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